* AwesomeMusic: Most of their discography, but especially their first three albums (''The Hurting'', ''Songs from the Big Chair'', and ''The Seeds of Love''). All their albums have their share of great tunes, though.
* CoveredUp: "Mad World" was originally performed by them, but many (read: underage) people only know Gary Jules' version from Film/DonnieDarko.
** However, both band members have said that they love this version of "Mad World". They originally tried to write the song as a ballad on acoustic guitar, but it didn't work, so wrote it to a drum beat and did a synth pop version instead. They have even covered Gary Jules' version live.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Orzabal and Smith parted ways at the beginning of 90s. A decade later, in 2001, they met for a usual business-related occasion. They decided to have dinner together afterwards. One thing led to another, and they reunited, released a new album, and have been touring ever since. It really is true that [[{{Pun}} everybody loves a happy ending]], which is something that can't really be said for most bands.
* EpicRiff: The drum intro to "Shout", the main synthesizer riff of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", and the main piano riff of "Head Over Heels" all count.
* MemeticMutation: ''Shout, shout, let it all out! These are the things I can do without, come on!'' It's also not uncommon for other people to insert a different word where "things" is. Just take a look at the band's main trope page. Somebody used it as a heading to describe all of the following tropes by replacing that word with "tropes".
* MostWonderfulSound: Oleta Adams' voice. And often Orzabal's, for that matter.
** Smith is no slouch either. He particularly shines in "Mad World", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", and "Advice for the Young At Heart".
* NarmCharm: Roland's dancing in the "Mad World" video, especially during the instrumental break.
** "The Head Over Heels" music video
* NightmareFuel: "The Prisoner" is an oddly eerie and unsettling song, at least, by Tears for Fears' standards.
* SignatureSong: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". Yes, "Shout" was a slightly bigger hit but the former tends to be better-remembered.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: "Sowing the Seeds of Love" was a very obvious musical homage to "I Am the Walrus", and it also had various other [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle-esque]] touches. "Schrödinger's Cat" is, by Orzabal's own admission, another example of this for the same song.
* TearJerker: See [[TearJerker/TearsForFears here]].